Our group will start meeting every other month. Our next meeting will be at Alfonzo's Pizzeria, 288-5701, #2 Schiber Court in Maryville, on 159 (North Center Street), turn east on Vadalabene Drive, the restaurant is on the right, before Anderson Hospital, on Saturday August 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
The following meetings will be October 4th and December 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Anthony's Wellness Center in the Alton Square Mall. For driving directions call the Wellness Center at 462-2222.
We encourage all members to attend the DSAGSL 2002 Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 22nd.
We extend our deep gratitude to Trish Vaughn and the William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center who have underwritten the postage, photocopying and distribution of our newsletter, since it's inception four years ago, but are unable to continue due to state of Illinois Early Intervention budget cuts.
Donna Biffar, of Smithton, IL has published a book of poetry "Down: Poems and Other Syndromes." Reprinted is an article from the Belleville News-Democrat Sunday Magazine and the following review by Sam Smith, editor of the British magazine, The Journal:
Throughout this pamphlet, starting with the dedication 'for Mike/a boy born with Down Syndrome' Donna Biffar takes care that we see beyond the condition to the person. Where a lesser poet might depend on sentiment to win our sympathy, Donna Biffar relies on language alone to tell how it is/was to be Mike and Mike's mother. '...He struggles, groping for his words, as I do in poetry, unfamiliar/ with the language, the customs of the natives.'
This pamphlet, though, is no disguised apologia for being who they are, rather it is an examination/celebration of their conjoined existence, of both their battles, not only for his life, but to make meaning of all life, and of their struggles to express both their limited understandings. She recounts the difficulties and pitfalls of trying to explain the obvious to her son, and tells of his poetic understandings. There are poems of social reactions some, as expected in redneck country despicable. Let not your response of appalled sympathy, however, have you reaching into your pocket to show solidarity with the great diverse. No, if you're going to buy this pamphlet, get it for the outstanding poetry.
Enclosed is the brochure Dental Care for Children with Special Needs from the Alhambra Grotto of North America. The program is designed to provide the necessary funds toward improvement in the oral health status of special needs children under the age of 18 year. The parents select a dentist of their choice and the program, which is always the secondary carrier, works directly with the dental office to process the claim and issue payment. For additional information contact: Frank J. Buchholz, Jr., Office: (314) 553-4246. Home: (314) 921-3737. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARNet Region IV
July 23, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Multi-Sensory Activities for Pre-School Children. This workshop will present the collaborative experience and work a pre-school teacher and a physical therapist in the development of multi-sensory activities for inclusive pre-school classrooms. Through videotapes, slides and hands-on materials, participants will discover the rich variety of media that can be utilized to enhance and challenge the learning of both children who are typically developing and children with special needs. Participants will have opportunities to make materials for classroom/home activities. Presenters: Sandy Crowell and Georgia Phillips. Location: Rend Lake Resort Conference Center, Whittington, IL. Contact: Gary Dozier, 397-8930, ext. 171, E-mail: email@example.com.